Beautiful moment after heartbreaking bubble call

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Warriors winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak scored the opening try of the Rabbitohs clash and dedicated the four-pointer to his newborn, who arrived in the world last night.

Such is reality in COVID-19 times that Watene-Zelezniak, who's now based with the Warriors in their Gold Coast biosecurity hub, wasn't able to be with his wife for the arrival of their third child.

But the former Panther and Bulldog paid tribute to his family in a beautiful try celebration on the Sunshine Coast, pretending to rock a baby in a cradle in his arms, after swooping on a loose ball and racing 50 metres against the run of play to score in the fifth minute.

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Warriors winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak celebrates his try against the Rabbitohs. (Fox League)

"The mistake by South Sydney is pounced on by the new dad!" said Fox League commentator Matt Russell.

"He celebrates (with) a message to the family.

"Well done, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. Well done, Warriors.

"Nice message from Dallin: I see you, I love you. That one to wife Purdy and his two children already, Orlando and Indigo, the third child arriving last night. And, sadly, because he's in isolation, Dallin couldn't be there. He's there, you better believe it, for the Warriors today, though."

Former Sharks coach Shane Flanagan added: "He'll show that try and he'll show his young baby when she gets a bit older. 'This was the day after you were born. I couldn't be there but I scored a try for you'."

The try marked Watene-Zelezniak's first as a Warrior and his first in the NRL since Round 10 of last season, when he crossed for the Bulldogs against the Raiders in Brisbane.

Today's try from the New Zealand international also saw him notch the 50th four-pointer of his NRL career.

Warriors winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak in action against the Sharks in Round 17, 2021. (Getty)

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